Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  

USA, 2016.  , , .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Richard Linklater, .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

arrives as a freshman at a Texas college, enrolled there on a baseball scholarship, and moves into a house with other students who will also be his teammates.  It’s Thursday morning and classes don’t start until Monday, giving him the whole weekend to meet the guys, do some non-stop partying and hopefully get into trouble with girls, this one weekend summing up all the fun that adulthood provides before the responsibilities of reality kick in.  Richard Linklater revisits Dazed and Confused with another look at a turning point in young people’s lives, this time favouring the male perspective more and, thanks to the fact that he is looking back at his youth twenty years later than he did the first time, dripping in far more nostalgia.  The affectionate tribute to his golden days also means that the clothing is always as bright and beautiful as the young mens’ skin and bodies, idealized as much for their ignorant self-confidence as for the fact that the most they have to worry about is doing well on a baseball diamond.  Even their flaws are gazed at with fondness, as Linklater holds up the young male ego close to the light and reveals it to be flimsy and disingenuous, but doesn’t do with so with any bitterness or cruelty.  In the hands of a lesser artist, all this would suggest something weak and forgettable, but the smooth way that the movie transitions through the few days it portrays, and the artistry with which Linklater slides from talking into dancing into sex and back again is a gorgeous ride.  The cast is uniformly excellent, with Glen Powell the best of them all as the guy whose triumphant status as a ladykiller reveals him to be the most vulnerable of them all.

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